In the 1940s & 1950s the Scottish company A. & J. Donaldson released plenty of football collectibles including the ubiquitous cigarette cards. In the 50s they released their “Gold Cup” range which featured depictions of dozens of clubs in their colours. For the first time, Irish clubs were included. Here’s who made the cut
St Patrick’s Athletic entered the league in 1951 and Cork Athletic left after the 1956/57 season so the cards were issued somewhere in that time frame. The League of Ireland clubs to miss out were Drumcondra, Evergreen and Transport.
Some Irish League clubs were also issued including Derry City
Oh and this was issued for the national team. Both the Republic and Northern Ireland called themselves Ireland at the time.
In total 145 cards were issued. You can see a full list here
In 1953 there were 2 LOI clubs playing out of Cork; Cork Athletic and Evergreen. They didn’t make much impacy on that league that year, finishing 8th and 10th (of 12), but both reach the FAI Cup final. There’s been 76 FAI Cup finals and the 1954 final remains the only all-Cork affair.
Road to the Final
Drumcondra 0-1 Cork Athletic
Evergreen 1-1 Shamrock Rovers
First Round Replay
Shamrock Rovers 2-4 Evergreen
Waterford 2-3 Cork Athletic
Evergreen 1-1 Jacobs
Second Round Replay
Jacobs 0-1 Evergreen
Semi Finals (both at Dalymount Park)
Limerick 1-2 Cork Athletic
Evergreen 1-0 St Patrick’s Athletic
Final (Dalymount Park)
Cork Athletic 2-2 Evergreen
Final Replay (Dalymount Park)
Cork Athletic 2-1 Evergreen
A crowd of 17,396 watched the final on the Sunday. That had reduced to “6.000” for the replay on the following Wednesday.
It was one of 6 FAI Cups won by the Cork Athletic club which changed it’s name several times throughout it’s history; (Fordsons/Cork FC /Cork City (1938)/Cork United (1940)/Cork Athletic).
Evergreen would go on to play as Cork Celtic but never won the FAI Cup
New this week that Shelbourne were offering fans a cocktail and cake evening in Tolka Park. It isn’t the first LOI dalliance with cocktails. In 2010 when St Pats reached the Setanta Cup final, the de facto club pub McDowells offered 11 specials based on the expected team line up.
If you’re interested; here’s the ingredients for each drink
Pats lost the final 0-1 to Bohs. Drink wasn’t used as an excuse.
At the end of the 1992/93 season leaders Bohemians traveled to Dundalk on the last day only needing a point to secure the title (their first since 1978). On the way their bus broke down causing kick off to be delayed 45 minutes. Dundalk won 1-0 and three teams ended the season level on points; Cork City, Shelbourne and Bohs. Cork eventually won the league title after two round-robin play offs.
When Bohs next visited Oriel Park, this ‘ad’ appeared in the official match programme.
Somewhat ironically Turlough O’Connor resigned as manager of Dundalk shortly after this to take up the managers role at Bohs.